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Ralph Nader: Time for Democracy in Egypt | Ralph Nader via CounterPunch

Those politically savvy people who thought strongman, Hosni Mubarak would be out before the end of the first week of the Egyptian uprising better rethink the odds. For thirty years Mubarak has developed what can be called a deeply rooted dictatorial regime with regular White House access and annual largesse of some $1.3 billion in military equipment and payroll. What ...

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OPT: Prices soar in Gaza as Rafah, tunnels close | IRIN Middle East

GAZA, 7 February 2011 (IRIN) – More than a week of political unrest in Egypt has heightened the threat of a humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Gaza. Egyptian soldiers fled their posts on the northern border on 30 January, forcing the Rafah crossing – a critical valve for the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza – to close. Around 60 Palestinians, ...

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After Tunisia: Robin Yassin-Kassab on Syria | Books | The Guardian

We are seeing in Tunisia a democratisation that didn’t require religious mobilisation, foreign invasion, or colours coded in Washington. This revolution is the result of a mass popular movement focused on straightforward, practical demands that everybody can understand, whether they’re religiously observant or lax, Christian or Muslim, Sunni or Shia. Lessons will be learned, in Syria and elsewhere. In future ...

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Debates about Egypt on The Economist.com

Before we delve into our debate, a quick look at what is happening in Egypt. The violence that broke out between pro- and anti-government supporters at the end of last week seems to have subsided, for the time being. Opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, have met with members of Hosni Mubarak’s government to try to negotiate some kind of ...

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OPT: Egyptian regime change hope for Gaza | IRIN Middle East

RAMALLAH, 7 February 2011 (IRIN) – Possible regime change in Egypt, sparked by mass popular protests against President Hosni Mubarak since 25 January, could usher in a new leadership not as committed to maintaining the Gaza blockade, observers say. Opening Rafah, the sole border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza could have ...

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Egypt: The Latest in Long History of Popular Revolts Against Repressive U.S.-Backed Regimes | Between The Lines

Interview with Stephen Zunes, professor of politics, conducted by Scott Harris Editor’s note: This interview was conducted Jan. 31, 2011, before street battles between anti-government activists and Mubarak supporters broke out in Tahrir Square. The people of Tunisia sparked popular revolts across the Middle East when they took to the streets to demand the ouster of their president. Zine al-Abidine ...

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Fidel Castro: Mubarak’s Fate is Sealed | CounterPunch

Mubarak’s fate is sealed, not even the support of the United States will be able to save his government. The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization. “From the top of these pyramids, 40 centuries of history are looking down upon us,” Bonaparte once said in a moment of exaltation ...

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Alexander Cockburn: The God That’s Failing | CounterPunch

As the Egyptian-American film director Suzy Kassem writes on CounterPunch: “A human being can only take so much when their basic rights as a citizen of the earth are being denied to them – or sold at a high cost. When you have to pay for clean water, a sustainable roof that won’t collapse, a C-class car that costs double ...

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The Egyptian crisis: another day, another two US policies | guardian.co.uk

Frank Wisner’s apparent love song to Hosni Mubarak has left confusion behind him. Speaking on a video link-up from New York to the Munich Security Conference, Barack Obama’s special envoy to Egypt veered wildly off-message in seemingly fond remarks about the Egyptian autocrat. Wisner, who had just returned from Cairo, started by making a constitutional argument for Mubarak to stay. ...

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